According to our editor, I am the undisputed “queen of leggings.” And she’s not wrong! I will own that title with beaming pride.
My legs are one of my best assets (we’re big proponents of flaunting it if you got it and even if you don’t), so I like wearing things that show them off.
Plus, leggings are irrefutably comfortable as all get out, so it makes sense that I basically lived in them during pregnancy and postpartum. Andddd…I still live in regular leggings now. No shame in my mama game.
As per the usual for this site, we love to share recommendations with you of things we actually love and use. That’s why we’re rounding up the most comfy and stylish mama-approved postpartum leggings we can find.
When you’re dealing with all the discomforts of the postpartum experience, trust us–you’re going to love these!
What Are Postpartum Leggings?
So what’s the difference is between maternity leggings, regular ‘ole leggings, and postpartum leggings? Fair question. Glad you asked.
We aren’t here to make you buy more stuff than you actually need, so if your regular leggings and/or maternity leggings work just fine for you postpartum, then go for it!
But we do actually suggest investing in a pair or two of postpartum leggings for a couple of reasons:
- Postpartum leggings are supportive. Your uterus will still be swollen for around six weeks after birth (longer for some women), so it’s likely that you will still have what looks like a swollen belly. Postpartum leggings will help support your smaller belly, while your maternity leggings may have stretched out too much during pregnancy to support your body in its current (amazing!) state.
- Postpartum leggings are great for recovery. Let’s face it: the postpartum experience can be especially hellacious. Everything hurts; you’ve got a screaming new baby; and you’re so tired you can’t see straight. You need something (anything!) to help with your recovery and help you better focus on baby. Many postpartum leggings are designed with your achy anatomy in mind.
What Can I Wear to Hide My Post Baby Belly?
Our team does a lot of work on the backend of each post to determine what our community wants to know/hear about in their pregnancy and postpartum journeys.
The title of this section actually comes from a Google analysis (this means we looked to see what women are searching for), and honestly, the fact that women are Google searching “what can I wear to hide my post baby belly?” floored me.
I know that many of us have some VERY REAL struggles with postpartum body image after pushing out 7 or so pounds of pure perfection. But my god, if you feel like you need to hide your post pregnancy belly, isn’t that just one more way the world shames our bodies?
News flash, world: postpartum women will NOT look like they did before pre-pregnancy. Most postpartum women still look about 5 months pregnant after giving birth, and THAT. IS. NORMAL.
The baby doesn’t just come out, and voila!, you’re back to normal. Your uterus needs time to return to normal after housing another human being for nine freaking months.
So if you’re reading this article because you found it after a Google search to find out how to hide your post baby belly, listen to me VERY carefully: f*ck that.
Wear that swollen belly proudly. You grew a freakin’ human plus an extra organ to keep that human alive and then you gave birth. Your body is a badass.
And Now You Deserve Comfort
Throw on a pair of leggings and a comfy nursing top (if you’re going that route; it’s absolutely okay if you’re doing formula, mama!), and tell anyone who mentions your still-pregnant-looking-belly to try incubating another life for nine months and drink some tea while you watch their reaction.
My strong reaction to this question aside, I do understand that there’s pressure to hide your postpartum belly and that you might feel more comfortable wearing something that minimizes it.
I don’t like that our society makes you feel this way, but I do understand! (And in fact, I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t felt the same way, damnit.)
Postpartum leggings can help hide your still-shrinking belly because they support and (minimally) compress your belly. Many of them are also extra high, which is great for covering c-section scars and good for belly coverage.
Plus, it’s just easy to throw on a maternity or nursing top over them to help cover your belly if you are more comfortable that way.
Can I Wear Leggings After Giving Birth?
The short answer to this is “yes.” There is no real reason (that we know of) that you shouldn’t be able to wear leggings after giving birth. If you’re at risk for blood clots, compression leggings could actually be a really great idea (compression in your legs, NOT your tummy!)
However, if you’ve had a c-section, you might want to consider buying leggings specifically for c-section mamas (we’ll get to this soon). Regular leggings could put pressure on your incision site, which might be uncomfortable for you.
If you’ve delivered vaginally, you will require different postpartum care, and leggings are your friend.
Leggings that are actually made for postpartum mamas take compression, fabric, and sizing into effect.
Many brands use fabrics that are cooling and that will wick moisture away from your body. Postpartum leggings are also sized a bit differently to account for air to flow more freely and your body to not feel quite as restricted in them as you might feel in a pair of regular leggings.
Also, any pair of postpartum leggings worth its salt will be SEAMLESS. You want to make sure that no seam is getting anywhere near your vag or c-section scar!
Postpartum Leggings By Brand
Alright, so we’ve established that postpartum leggings are different from maternity/regular leggings, and we now know that they are safe for postpartum mamas! Score.
Let’s jump into the various brands of leggings for your amazing postpartum body! Once you determine the best fit for you, pop a pair into your hospital bag as part of your coming home outfit and enjoy!
These are a cult favorite among mamas, and for good reason! Blanqi makes great leggings, and the fact that they have actual postpartum/nursing support leggings just ups the ante even further.
These leggings have a high waist to support your postpartum belly and give “gentle midsection compression.” Blanqi also uses breathable fabric to wick away moisture and keep you comfortable while you have a baby on you (which is, like, all the time now).
They tend to be different prices in different places, and it changes, which is weird. So if this link gives you sticker shock, search around. Generally, they’re on the pricier end for leggings, but you can usually find them at a mid-range price that won’t break the bank.
Okay, first off: who doesn’t LOVE Target? This store manages to combine style with decent prices, and we are here for that.
Their maternity and postpartum game is pretty dang strong, too. Check out these postpartum leggings by the Ingrid and Isabel brand. They have over-the-belly support that doesn’t hug or constrict.
We recommend them for gentle exercise like walking baby around the neighborhood or doing some gentle yoga (once you’re given the okay from your doctor, of course).
At just over $30, these leggings are also a steal!
3. Postpartum Leggings on Amazon
We’re all aware of the benefits of Amazon Prime when you have kids. You can order practically anything that you didn’t think you’d need, and wham! It arrives. Oh, the joys of Amazon delivery.
Next time you’re placing an order for gripe water or whatever product you’re currently missing or out of, consider throwing leggings into your order.
Many of their leggings aren’t geared specifically toward postpartum, though, so we’ve done the research to find ones that will fit this stage of your journey.
Here are our suggestions:
These will pull over your postpartum belly, and they come in a bunch of pretty colors!
These are also seamless, which means there isn’t a seam between your legs to irritate your already irritated vagina. They are also a steal at under $20.
The ratings on these are pretty great! Moms swear that they are breathable, seamless, and great for light exercise.
Note that these leggings provide “moderate” support, so they might be a little bit better a few weeks to months after giving birth than some of the other recommendations we’ve given. They are also under $20!
You’re probably wondering why I’m recommending these when we’re 10 or so years past that awful jeggings trend, but stay with me!
Sometimes you have to go out of the house for doctor’s appointments etc and you want to look just a tiny bit more pulled together. Well, you might. I don’t. I just wear leggings. But I’m not writing this for me.
These skinny jeans are great for those occasions, and we swear that no one will realize you’re wearing jeggings.
They actually have a soft waistband and stretch so you stay super comfortable. We recommend these for when your maternity jeans won’t stay up but the thought of trying on your regular jeans makes you cringe.
4. Kindred Bravely Postpartum Leggings
If you’ve been reading this website for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard me rave in some form or fashion about Kindred Bravely. In fact, we feature them pretty heavily in our post on the best postpartum pajamas AND nursing pajamas.
Because they are amazing!
The Louisa Maternity and Postpartum Support Leggings are a little pricey at almost $90, but they are literally worth every cent if you can swing the cost.
You can wear them in both your maternity and postpartum periods, and you won’t regret the purchase. Where some other brands don’t hold up as well, these have premium fabric that won’t lose its shape after you wash them eleventy million times.
The Louisa leggings also have an ultra high waist that reaches almost to your underboob (praise be to God!. This is great because it means these leggings transition easily from maternity wear to postpartum wear.
You can stash your phone in your pocket when you wander the house so you don’t get stuck holding baby with no phone for entertainment.
5. Love and Fit Postpartum Leggings
Love and Fit actually makes premium postpartum workout gear, which we love! Nursing sports bras and actual clothing you can wear when you work out after baby are too few and far between.
When your doctor clears you for exercise, we recommend their postpartum leggings. At the time of publishing, they are sold out, but they are worth returning to the site frequently to check and see when they are back in stock!
These leggings have an ultra high waist with moderate compression, which is great for light exercise. They are also seamless and have pockets!
6. Storq Postpartum Leggings
Modal is made from beech tree pulp, and not only is it environmentally sustainable, it’s also soft as hell.
The belly panel has a two fold system, which makes it great for either maternity or postpartum wear (you can wear it over or under the belly). At $65, these leggings are comfort+++++.
We’ve loved sharing our favorite postpartum leggings with you! What brands did we miss that you love?
Katy Huie Harrison, PhD, is an author, mom, recurrent miscarriage survivor, & owner of Undefining Motherhood. She lives in Atlanta with her husband (affectionately known on the internet as “Husband,”) son (Jack), and dog (Charlotte). She believes our society puts too many expectations on women that make womanhood and motherhood restrictive. Her goal is to shift the paradigm about what it means to be a woman and mother, giving all women a greater sense of agency over their own lives. You can find Katy and her work featured in places like CNN’s Headline News, Romper, Scary Mommy, Demeter Press’s Motherhood and Social Exclusion, & more.